Eurowings eyes European expansion
Lufthansa low-cost carrier Eurowings as revealed it will open its first base in a non-German-speaking foreign country in Palma de Mallorca.
The Spanish island in the Mediterranean has long been seen as a top holiday destination with guaranteed sunshine far beyond Germany’s borders and has been breaking one visitor record after another for months. Majorca’s tourism organisations are expecting the existing record of 11.6 million holidaymakers (2015) to be eclipsed this year. The growth in passenger numbers at the Son Sant Joan airport in Palma de Mallorca has been correspondingly high.
Eurowings will position itself as a key player at this airport and from May 2017 will initially station two aircraft on the island. In future Eurowings will offer a large number of low-cost direct connections from Majorca to Germany and other European cities, correspondingly expanding the route network of more than 130 destinations overall.
The expansion of Eurowings will also bring growth and new jobs to Spain. The airline will hire crews on the Balearic island for the two new Palma-based aircraft and in the first stage will create 75 new jobs in cockpit and cabin. The Airbus A320 will be operated by Eurowings Europe, an airline with Austrian licensing successfully launched in July 2016 and domiciled in Vienna.
Eurowings Europe is expecting its third aircraft at the Vienna location in late October. A second Eurowings base in Austria will be opened in Salzburg at the beginning of 2017 to bring low-cost direct flights to Mozart’s birthplace.